Crowd Sourcing Contraceptive Advice?
1. Have you had medical issues with contraception before?
2. Do you know what medications/contraception your plan covers, help make cost effective decisions
3. Are you aware of the non-contraceptive benefits of pills, often the focus is on contraception, but in truth there are a variety of gynecologic conditions to consider
4. What is your access to a provider you have spoken to before? If you cannot get the same provider, then each time you will be starting over with your medical history
5. Do you have a reproductive life plan? When are you having children? What are the fertility aspects of your contraception going to be?
6. Most gynecologists think that effectiveness and safety is enhanced with long acting contraceptive methods, and most of those (IUDs, injections like DMPA and Nexplanon) require an in person exam, consultation and administration of the method.
7. Are you on other medication? Contraceptives may interact with other medication, and often it's best to have your provider be able to access records, communicate with your primary physician, and or see you if there is adjustment to medications or an development in your medical issues, this also cannot be handled by remote access with just on line access.